Santa Clara county judge to rule if Jews were kept off jury

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Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Kevin Murphy will rule whether a former Alameda prosecutor’s allegations that a Jewish judge acted to rig a jury are credible.

Jack Quatman testified last week that deceased Alameda County Superior Court Judge Stanley Golde upbraided him for considering Jews in a capital jury for since-convicted murderer Fred Freeman in 1987. What’s more, Quatman said excluding Jews and African American women from capital juries was standard practice.

The state attorney general’s office, representing the Alameda County district attorney’s office, painted Quatman as a bitter and untrustworthy man.

A ruling — which could grant Freeman a new trial — is anticipated early this month.

Regardless of the outcome, the Anti-Defamation League is asking the attorney general’s office to investigate the claims of systematically excluding Jews from capital juries.

“If these allegations are founded, they would send a message of discrimination to all members of the Jewish and African American communities,” reads the letter, penned by Jonathan Bernstein, regional director of the ADL and Allen Steyer, the local board chairman.